Aliceville girls can't stop Prattville Christian
Tue. February 19, 2013 at 5:59 p.m. | By Andrew Carroll
Aliceville's JoNesha Jordan (44) pressures Prattville Christian's Kristen Emerson (23) during the first half of a game at the AHSAA 2013 2A girls central regional basketball championships in Montgomery. (Photo by Michelle Lepianka Carter | Tuscaloosa News)
MONTGOMERY | Prattville Christian knocked in 10 3-pointers Tuesday and knocked the Aliceville Lady Yellow Jackets out of the Class 2A Central Regional.
Kristen Emerson and Elisabeth Kelley combined for 37 points in Prattville Christian’s 55-34 victory.
"We did know they had a couple of 3-point shooters," Aliceville coach Sebastian Shamery said. "We had a couple of missed assignments. We were supposed to stay out there on them."
Emerson, a 6-foot-1 senior, had 19 points, 11 rebounds, 10 blocked shots, four assists and two steals. She even made a couple of 3-pointers.
Kelley nailed six 3-pointers for her 18 points. She also had five rebounds and two assists.
"In the game of the game, our girls missed that assignment and left (Kelley) wide open on a couple of shots, and she nailed them," Shamery said. "I take my hat off to them. They nailed the shots when they had to."
Nicole Hoots, Sydney Bell and Alex McLain scored six points each for the Lady Panthers (32-0).
Aliceville tried to rally in the second half, cutting Prattville Christian’s lead to six points. The Lady Panthers outscored Aliceville 15-2 in the fourth quarter.
Aliceville (21-7) went 4 for 18 on 3-point tries and shot 24.6 percent (15 for 61) from the field.
"Our shots were not falling," Shamery said. "Our percentage was horrible. That’s the worst shooting percentage we had all year."
Zharia Eddins led the Lady Yellow Jackets with nine points. Alexis Garner had seven points, 10 rebounds and four assists. Tkeyah Plott had seven points.
Katelyn Shamery had five points, six rebounds and two steals. JoNesha Jordan had four points and six rebounds.
"My big three really didn’t step up today at all, so our offense really hurt," coach Shamery said. "We rely on Eddins, Shamery and Garner. When they get double-doubles, we normally win, but today the shots weren’t falling for me at all.
"We have sophomores and freshmen. I’m losing two seniors (Shotoria Hughes and Jordan). We’ll be back next year, much stronger, to contend."
Reach Andrew Carroll at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 205-722-0223.